The Intelligence from The Economist
The Intelligence from The Economist
The Economist
Get a daily burst of global illumination from The Economist’s worldwide network of correspondents as they dig past the headlines to get to the stories beneath—and to stories that aren’t making headlines, but should be.
Meeting them where they are: a British MP’s murder
Sir David Amess was killed doing what he loved: speaking directly with voters. We examine the dangers inherent in the “constituency surgeries” that British politicians cherish. The fight against tuberculosis is made harder by mutations that confer drug resistance; we look at research that has traced nearly every one of them. And why Andy Warhol is big in Iran, again. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer 
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Oct 19
20 min
Chinese draggin’: growth slows
A paltry GDP rise is down to the pandemic, power and property. We ask what growing pains President Xi Jinping will endure in the name of economic reforms. Emmanuel Macron, France’s president, will probably end up in the second round of next year’s election; who will stand against him is ever more unpredictable. And fixing meeting inefficiency with an 850-year-old idea. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer 
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Oct 18
19 min
Port, and a storm: sectarian violence in Lebanon
The effort to investigate last year’s port explosion in Beirut has fired up political and religious tensions—resulting in Lebanon’s worst violence in years. We speak with Dmitry Muratov, a Russian journalist who shared this year’s Nobel peace prize, about what the award means to him, and to press freedom. And why autocratic regimes like to snap up English football clubs. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer 
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Oct 15
23 min
For watt it’s worth: energy markets’ squeeze
A fossil-fuel scramble reveals energy markets in desperate need of a redesign. We examine what must be done to secure a renewable future. Throngs of Hong Kong residents fleeing China’s tightening hand are settling in Britain; our correspondent finds an immigrant group unlike any that came before. And the boom in “femtech” entrepreneurs at last focusing on women’s health. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer 
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Oct 14
22 min
Keep your friends close: Pakistan’s shifting role
As the Taliban’s closest ally, the country bears a big responsibility for Afghanistan’s fate. We examine its diplomatic risks and opportunities. Mastercard is pressing porn purveyors this week; we look at how financial companies are reluctantly stepping up as the internet’s police. And a timely social-inequality take drives South Korea’s “Squid Game” to the top of Netflix's charts worldwide. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer 
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Oct 13
21 min
Exit Poles? A bold challenge to the EU
After a court ruling in Poland that is an affront to a core European Union principle, Poles hit the streets—fearing a “Pol-exit” they do not want. Who will back down? Hydrogen has been touted for decades as a fuel with green credentials. At last its time has come. And the herd of unicorns popping up in Mexico. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer 
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Oct 12
20 min
Zero-to-some game: Asia-Pacific covid-19 plans crack
Where governments enacted zero-tolerance coronavirus strategies, numbers indeed stayed low. That was before the Delta variant. We ask how countries can now wind back those policies. A shocking report of sexual abuse within France’s Catholic church further threatens the institution’s connection with society. And countering the notion that the “standard English” taught the world over is the only proper one.  For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer 
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Oct 11
21 min
Strait of tension: Chinese jets test Taiwan
China has sent more than 100 planes to probe Taiwan’s air-defence zone. We explain why Beijing has chosen this moment to send a message across the strait. The WHO has approved a vaccine against malaria—a turning-point in fighting a disease that kills 260,000 African children a year. And if you want a Nobel prize, it helps to be lauded by a laureate.     For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer 
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Oct 8
22 min
How to lose friends and alienate people: Ethiopia’s civil war
Abiy Ahmed is sworn in again as prime minister, even as continuing strife increases the country’s isolation. Our correspondent witnesses the gruesome aftermath of a telling battle. China once encouraged, even forced abortions. Now, as it frets about declining birth rates, it’s discouraging them. And we report on India’s “godmen” and “godwomen”, their moneyspinning schemes and their fanatical followers. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer 
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Oct 7
20 min
Ticker shock: London’s wheezing stockmarket
A global financial centre must move with the times, and—so far—London has not. Our correspondent lays out the causes of the malaise, and how to fix it. For many years compulsory military service was on the decline; we ask why so many countries are bringing it back. And why Europe is the destination for a growing class of digital nomads. For full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, subscribe here www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer 
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Oct 6
23 min
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